Cenk Uygur’s GOP Con Job for June 14, 2011: Cut Women and Children First! Video and Transcript

Transcribed by Accountants CPA Hartford, Connecticut, LLC

Republicans can always find cash for millionaires and military contractors but they say we cannot afford to defend poor women and kids. The GOP’s whole twisted set of priorities is our con job of today.

The House began debating a spending bill today that cuts $833 million from the WIC nutrition program which provides healthy food to low-income women and their children. Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (Republican Representative from Kentucky) says, “This legislation reflects hard decisions to cut lower priority programs, reduce spending in programs that can be scaled back, and target funds where they are needed most….”

So programs for the hungry are not a high priority. Well, at least they are honest about their Republican priorities. Now what was it that Jesus said? Give me your poor and needy and I will go tell them to pound sand. [Please note that the Christian Fundamentalists, in hypocritical fashion, all vote for these Republican fat cats, who only care about money and Wall Street and don’t give a damn about the poor and the downtrodden.] At least that’s the Republican’s vision of Jesus.

The other GOP rationale for cutting WIC is that there’s more than enough aid already. Republican Representative Virginia Foxx from North Carolina: “We do not lack for programs to help take care of the hungry people in this country, Mr. Speaker. What we lack is efficiency in our programs.”

This isn’t about efficiency. This is about need: helping the hungry in the middle of a tough economy. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that the GOP cuts will mean up to 350,000 eligible women and children and babies won’t get those WIC benefits. What efficient about that unless your aim is to hurt the poor.

But the worst part is that the government is literally giving away money to offset these cuts. Bush era tax cuts provide millionaires with $860 million every week. That’s more than the total amount being cut from WIC for a year. Those priorities make me sick.

And if Republicans were serious about efficiency, they would take a look at military spending. Instead the House GOP is pushing for a $17 billion budget increase from the Pentagon. So we always have money for weapons and wars but not for the most needy in this country. They are low priorities.

Republicans say we have plenty of money for defense contractors and millionaires but not enough to help poor women and kids get the food they need and that heartless ridiculous reasoning is our con job of the day.

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About William Brighenti

William Brighenti is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and Certified Business Valuation Analyst. Bill began his career in public accounting in 1979. Since then he has worked at various public accounting firms throughout Connecticut. Bill received a Master of Science in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Hartford, after attending the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University for his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. He subsequently attended Purdue University for doctoral studies in Accounting and Quantitative Methods in Business. Bill has instructed graduate and undergraduate courses in Accounting, Auditing, and other subjects at the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford State Technical College, and Purdue University. He also taught GMAT and CPA Exam Review Classes at the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center and at Person-Wolinsky, and is certified to teach trade-related subjects at Connecticut Vocational Technical Schools. His articles on tax and accounting have been published in several professional journals throughout the country as well as on several accounting websites. William was born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut, and served on the City's Board of Finance and Taxation as well as its City Plan Commission. In addition to the blog, Accounting and Taxes Simplified, Bill writes a blog, "The Barefoot Accountant", for the Accounting Web, a Sift Media publication.
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